Baxter County, Ar. -- (2/27/2018) Investigators of the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Anthony T. Dechow of Mountain Home on Monday afternoon following an investigation into the theft of a motor vehicle.
On February 17, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office took a report from a Baxter County resident that his truck had been stolen. Several hours earlier that morning, the Sheriff’s Office had been notified by the Missouri Highway Patrol headquarters in Rolla that the vehicle in question had been involved in a motor vehicle traffic accident in Phelps County. The vehicle was being driven by Dechow at that time, and two other people were passengers in the vehicle. At the time of the accident in Missouri, the owner of the vehicle had not yet discovered it was missing and it was not yet entered into NCIC as a stolen vehicle. Dechow was thus not detained in Missouri at that time.
On February 20, Sheriff’s Investigators made contact with Dechow. He stated that he had arranged through a third party to borrow the vehicle for the purpose of driving to Monee, Illinois. Dechow provided information as to the identity of the person who had purportedly arranged for the loan of the vehicle and where she resided. Investigators later followed-up on this information. The woman informed the Investigators that she had not seen Dechow in several weeks, does not reside at the location he specified and had no knowledge of any vehicle or arrangements to borrow any vehicle.
Investigators then set about obtaining an arrest warrant for Dechow. He was arrested Monday afternoon on felony theft charges. At the time of his arrest, a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found on his person. Dechow was booked into the Detention Center for theft and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Dechow has a bond of $25,000 and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on March 8.